Few artists can rival the standards of excellence achieved by Master Artist Terry Redlin over the past 18 years. He is truly one of the country's most widely collected painters of wildlife and Americana. For three consecutive years, 1992-94, Redlin has been named America's most popular artist by U.S. ART magazine. His use of earthy colors, blazing sunrises and sunsets and nostalgic themes are often cited as the reasons for his immense popularity.
Redlin's interest in the out-of-doors can be traced to his childhood in Watertown S.D. A motorcycle accident ended his dream of becoming a forest ranger, and he opted to pursue a career in the graphic arts. He earned a degree from the St. Paul School of Associated Arts and spent 25 years working in commercial art as layout artist, graphic designer, illustrator and art director. In his leisure time he researched wildlife subjects and settings.
In 1977, at the age of 40, Redlin burst onto the wildlife scene when his painting "Winter Snows" appeared on the cover of The Farmer magazine. By 1979, demand for his work had become so great that he left his art directing career to concentrate on painting wildlife.
Since then, Redlin's meteoric rise has been unparalleled in the field of contemporary wildlife art. In 1981 and 1984, he won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition, and in 1982, the Minnesota Trout Stamp contest. He also placed second that hear in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. He has been honored as Artist of the Year for Ducks Unlimited (National and Minnesota), and as Conversation of the Year-Magnum Donor by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association for his gifts of entire print editions.
In 1985, Redlin added an entirely new artistic direction, limited edition collector plates. To date, he has released more than 20 editions, many of which are now available only on the secondary market. The National Association of Limited Edition Dealers has three times presented him with the "Lithograph of the Year" award for excellence in the medium.
In 1987, Redlin began exploring his interest in Americana subjects and nostalgic scenes of yesteryear, painting several images for his American Memories and Country Doctor Collections. Since then has annual Christmas prints have attracted thousands of collectors from coast to coast. His induction into U.S. ART's Hall of Fame in July, 1992 followed the magazine's poll of 900 galleries nationwide, which placed five of Redlin's limited editions in the top 11 in popularity.
In 1992, he completed his most ambitious work to date, painted each line in the first stanza of "America the Beautiful". All eight, which depict American life from the settling of the west to the present day, were released as limited edition prints over a three year period, ending in January, 1995. The series has been showcased in art and consumer magazines nationwide, and it has been acclaimed by thousands of collectors.
"Terry Redlin Paints American the Beautiful", a video presentation produced by Hadley House, earned a coveted Telly Award in the 1993 national competition. "American the Beautiful", Terry Redlin's acclaimed series of eight paintings, depicts American values from the settling of the west to the present day.
Terry Redlin derives the most satisfaction from his conservation work. Over the 14 year period from 1981-94, his donations to Ducks Unlimited raised more than $20 million, setting an all-time record in art sales for wetland preservation projects. By his own estimate, he has donated an additional $4 million to other nonprofit conservation organizations.
Redlin's most compelling project to date has been the planning and building of a museum to house his works in Watertown, where he resides during the summer months. The museum, which also includes a state tourism office, opened in the summer of 1997.
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